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May 22, 2017 7:02 PM

Portage murder case prompts high court rule change

COLUMBUS --A Portage County murder case has prompted the Ohio Supreme Court to adopt new rules that will enable inmates sentenced to death to appeal rejections of applications for additional DNA testing of evidence directly to the high court.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
May 22, 2017 7:02 PM

Summit man extorted by child porn site turns self in

TWINSBURG TOWNSHIP -- After signing up for a child porn website and then being extorted for money, a Summit County man chose to turn himself in to police rather than pay $5,000.

By April Helms Reporter
May 22, 2017 6:51 PM

State's high court adopts new DNA testing rules 

COLUMBUS -- New rules adopted by the state's high court Monday will enable inmates sentenced to death to appeal rejections of applications for additional DNA testing of evidence directly to the Ohio Supreme Court-- a change prompted by a ruling late last year in a Portage County murder case.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Marine's wish granted; Hudson graduate to be buried in new uniform
May 22, 2017 6:51 PM

Marine's wish granted; Hudson graduate to be buried in new uniform

JACKSON TOWNSHIP - Bill Johnson will don a Marine service uniform and head for Washington on Saturday. "There's no such thing as an ex-Marine, that's what he's always told me," said Emily Lengyel, hospice coordinator of volunteers at Harbor Light Hospice.

By Edd Pritchard Gatehouse Ohio Media
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May 17, 2017 6:42 PM

Ohio House moves BWC budget 

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio House OK'd the biennial budget for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation Wednesday, including language barring payments to undocumented immigrants and potentially limiting claims by firefighters dealing with cancer.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
May 17, 2017 6:42 PM

Nursing Ohio mothers may be able to avoid jury duty 

COLUMBUS -- Women who are breastfeeding babies could be excused from jury duty, under legislation being considered in the Ohio House. HB 13 was offered by Rep.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Ohio Senate Dems want to help combat drug problem
May 17, 2017 6:42 PM

Ohio Senate Dems want to help combat drug problem 

COLUMBUS -- During March, in Ruth Bowdish's hometown of Warren in northeastern Ohio, there were 189 drug overdoses, 26 resulting in death.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
May 17, 2017 10:19 AM

Clyde, LaRose announce bids for Ohio secretary of state

COLUMBUS -- Two lawmakers announced statewide bids Tuesday to become the Ohio's chief elections official. State Rep.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Dayton mayor to run for governor
May 9, 2017 12:21 PM

Dayton mayor to run for governor 

COLUMBUS -- Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has tossed her hat into the gubernatorial ring, joining a growing field of candidates from both parties who want to replace outgoing Gov. John Kasich.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Mandel pledges to stay only two terms if elected to U.S. Senate
May 9, 2017 12:21 PM

Mandel pledges to stay only two terms if elected to U.S. Senate 

COLUMBUS -- Republican state Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel vowed Monday to serve only two terms in Congress if he's successful in unseating Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Satehouse Bureau
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May 7, 2017 1:51 PM

Some of the numbers behind Ohio's ongoing biennial budget debate

COLUMBUS -- Republican leaders in the Ohio House say it's balanced. Democrats in that chamber say it's not. The budget director says the numbers offered by the House GOP do add up, though Gov.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Kasich book: Moral decline set stage for Trump
May 3, 2017 12:07 PM

Kasich book: Moral decline set stage for Trump

Donald Trump's stunning victory was not so much a sign of a political or social upheaval in America but one that shows the decline of a nation that has lost its moral compass, John Kasich says in his new book.

By Darrel Rowland The Columbus Dispatch
May 3, 2017 12:07 PM

Mild winter will likely mean more ticks in Ohio

If you're among the Ohioans spotting ticks already (hopefully, not on your skin), you know the disease-carrying mites have gotten off to an early start this season.

By Mary Beth Lane | The Columbus Dispatch
May 3, 2017 10:41 AM

House approves Ohio's two-year budget

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio House gave its initial approval Tuesday to the state's biennial operating budget, with supporters touting increasing funding for efforts to combat drug addiction and critics questioning whether the two-year spending plan was balanced, as required by the state constitution.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
May 2, 2017 1:50 PM

Baby delivered in Guernsey County garage during storm

SALESVILLE -- A fast-moving storm likely played a role in a baby being born Monday afternoon at a well-known garage in Salesville. The mother and child were reportedly doing well after the delivery at Bill's Auto Body Towing just after 3 p.m.

By Rick Stillion | Gatehouse Media
May 2, 2017 12:52 PM

Kasich postpones executions 

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich postponed nine executions Monday, the latest rescheduling as the state deals with legal challenges to its lethal injection process and attempts to locate supplies of the drugs used to put Ohio inmates to death. The move came a week after the U.S.

By Marc Kovac Gaehouse Statehouse Bureau
Ohio eyes distracted driving bill
May 2, 2017 12:52 PM

Ohio eyes distracted driving bill

COLUMBUS -- Hang around the Statehouse long enough and you're bound to run into Sharon Montgomery. For the past 15 years or so, the suburban Columbus woman has been making regular trips to Capitol Square, meeting with lawmakers and testifying about the dangers of distracted driving.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Apr 28, 2017 4:01 PM

Veterans bonus program benefits almost 100,000 vets 

COLUMBUS -- Nelson Weirick did stints in the U.S. Navy and the National Guard from the mid-1970s through 1999, when he retired from the service.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
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10 things that happened this week in the Ohio Statehouse
Apr 28, 2017 4:01 PM

10 things that happened this week in the Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS -- The debate over the biennial budget continued, Gov. John Kasich was on the road promoting his new book, and Democrats in the Ohio House picked a new Akron-area representative. Here are 10 things that happened around the Statehouse last week. 1.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Apr 25, 2017 5:45 PM

Uncontested primary races could go away under new bill

COLUMBUS -- Congressional districts would skip special elections when primary races for vacancies are uncontested, under legislation that passed the Ohio House Tuesday. HB 18 passed on a vote of 84-0 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau